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How is an entrance mat like a cutting board?

At first blush, you wouldn't think an entrance mat at your building's lobby and a cutting board on your kitchen countertop would have anything in common.  But set aside their physical properties, and let's look at functionality for a moment. Which one is the item that: you use to protect an expensive-to-replace surface against damage from normal, everyday use, is a sacrificial surface that takes the brunt of wear and tear, and is far easier to replace...

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Hair, nails, and tanning – why personal service businesses need sanitizing mats.

Personal service businesses - like hairdressers, nail salons, and sun tanning studios - have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and getting back on their feet is going to be a real challenge!  That's partly due to the close physical quarters these sorts of services require, and partly because these services have to make their customers feel good along with looking good. Those customer good feelings start with a feeling of safety and security as they...

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Posted June 18, 2020 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

Why are Grizzly Sanitize mats the best choice for grocery stores?

Grocery stores are one of those essential services that have remained open throughout the entire pandemic, and they're one of the few retail locations that everybody has to visit at some point.  And just as grocery stores are uniquely necessary, they've also got unique needs when it comes to flooring - and especially sanitizing mats, for one big reason: Grocery stores especially need sanitizing mats for the actual disinfecting action, AND for good customer optics. Food-focused retailers know that cleanliness...

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Posted June 18, 2020 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

Why is Grizzly Sanitize the best sanitizing mat for daycares?

Now that offices and businesses are starting to reopen, many parents are beginning to need daytime childcare again and daycare facilities are starting to reopen. With nearly every child coming in from a different household, daycares are particularly vulnerable to becoming a hot spot for coronavirus transmission as parents enter and leave to drop off and pick up their children. The one common touchpoint that absolutely every parent and child comes into contact with is the floor...and...

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Posted June 9, 2020 in Matting, Flooring, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

Can sanitizing mats help reduce your retail business liability insurance costs?

A recent article published in the Globe & Mail states that many retailers that were forced to close during the height of the coronavirus pandemic may be facing steeply increased liability insurance premiums as they start to reopen. Many of these businesses that were forced to close cancelled their insurance coverage to save operating funds, and are now facing steeply increased insurance costs now that they're restarting operations. Canadian insurance companies are considering the risk of viral...

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Posted June 9, 2020 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

Social Distancing: Why mats are better than stickers.

Everybody's familiar with social distancing and physical distancing these days - and with the fight against COVID-19 still raging on, these concepts are here to stay. As a quick response to the need to keep people physically separated, many businesses have improvised to help their customers get the message.  Some - like this takeout sandwich restaurant - have even printed custom stickers to put on their floor to show their customers where to line up for service. These...

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Posted June 2, 2020 in Matting, Custom Door Mats|0 Comments

Can I use sanitizing mats at home?

Although we're a commercial flooring & matting company, we've gotten a lot of inquiries in the last few weeks from customers who want to know if they can use Grizzly Sanitize at home.  The answer is... Yes, you can! Grizzly Sanitize is particularly well-suited for use in residential settings as well as commercial applications.  Unlike open-tray plastic or moulded-rubber sanitizing mats on the market, Grizzly Sanitize has an appealing carpet-like appearance that doesn't look like something belonging in...

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Posted June 2, 2020 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

How do sanitizing mats fit into a COVID-19 safety plan?

As part of a controlled, safe restart of normal operations, the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC have issued guidelines for how workplaces can manage the risk of spreading COVID-19 as people return to workplaces and retail businesses reopen. Although these guidelines are intended to cover most circumstances, they're not a definitive list. Harry Bains, the BC Minister of Labour, urged businesses to develop their own processes and safety plans based off of provincial guidelines. “The guidelines were...

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Posted May 29, 2020 in Matting, Flooring, Entrance Mats|1 Comment

Know the difference between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing

Cleaning and disinfecting are part of a broad approach to preventing infectious diseases in public settings. To help slow the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases individuals should stay home when sick, cover coughs and sneezes, and wash hands often. Below are tips on how to reduce the spread of COVID-19 specifically through cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to...

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Posted May 28, 2020 in Flooring|0 Comments

Why do I need sanitizing mats? I don’t touch the floor.

At first, it doesn't seem obvious why you need sanitizing mats at your building entrances. "I don't bend down and touch the floor, so it's fine." "Why should I care about whether or not my floor is contaminated with COVID-19?  I don't walk around doing handstands." What most people don't realize is that the contamination danger isn't in direct, primary contact with your floor; the danger is in "secondary" contact with the floor.  How often have you put your purse or...

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Posted May 22, 2020 in Matting, Flooring|0 Comments

How to Clean and Disinfect Hard and Soft Surfaces – Downloadable Guides

Cleaning has never been as important or thought of as often as it is right now. At the beginning of quarantine, we noticed a sharp uptick in the search volume of how to clean and disinfect flooring- especially soft surfaces, so we updated our blog content to remind consumers of the proper cleaning steps and materials for all flooring surfaces, as well as what Health Canada is currently recommending for disinfectants. As your stores begin to open...

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Posted May 20, 2020 in Flooring, Carpets|1 Comment

What you should know about condo gyms and COVID-19

As BC moves into Phase 2 of it's post-COVID-19 reopening plan, the closures and restrictions put in place by the regional health authorities are beginning to relax. Many condominium and strata boards are unsure what their responsibilities are when it comes to minimizing the chance of contagion in their common areas and shared facilities, like on-premises gyms, pools, and other shared social spaces. Veronica Franco, a lawyer with the Clark-Wilson law firm, says that the "duty of...

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